Vein Treatments

For varicose and spider veins

Vein Treatments. Healthy Living Magazine

Vein Treatments. Healthy Living Magazine

Here are some of the high tech-quick recovery, minimally invasive techniques to get rid of varicose and spider veins, according to doctors at the Center for Venous Disease, a Southwest-based group of specialists in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Sclerotherapy a cosmetic procedure for spider veins and varicose veins close to the skin surface. A solution is injected into the varicose or spider veins, which causes them to seal off, close and be absorbed by the body. Blood is rerouted to healthy veins in the leg.

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Radiofrequency Vein Ablation, also known as VNUS ClosureFast™, treats chronic venous insufficiency, the cause of varicose veins and other painful symptoms. A catheter is painlessly inserted into the diseased vein and radiofrequency energy (heat) is applied to the inside of the vein causing the vein wall to collapse and form a fibrotic seal. Over time the body absorbs the vein tissue. Blood is rerouted to healthy leg veins.

Doctors who prefer radiofrequency to laser ablation when treating vein disease cite less pain, bruising, tenderness and adverse events. Studies show most patients experience relief from the pain associated with venous disease following radiofrequency ablation. “The recovery period is minimal with most people returning to normal activities within 1-2 days,” according to the center. Sclerotherapy may be done following the ablation treatment to address any residual spider veins or cosmetic concerns.

Perforator Vein Treatment addresses the perforator valves that connect the superficial venous system to the deep venous system. If the valves in the perforator veins become damaged it can cause the superficial venous system to work poorly and produce bulging sacs, knots, varicose veins and other associated symptoms. One of the latest technologies, represented by the Covidien ClosureFast™ endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) catheter is a Food and Drug Administration-cleared medical device approved for energy based treatment of refluxing or diseased perforator veins.

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Cosmetic Laser is used to treat small spider veins on the skin surface. These veins are most common on the legs though may also be seen on the face, in particular the cheeks and nose. The cosmetic laser treatment, however, does not resolve the underlying vein disease that may be causing the spider veins.

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